Barra and Estuary Combo Trips
Oh yes! We at Northern Conquest Charters get excited just thinking about these trips as they really do offer such a special experience. Some would say the pinnacle of experiences offered for it’s price point. These trips consist of a mother-shipping operation with dory vessels in tow. By dory’s, we aren’t just referring to standard tinnies here but something far more superior.
The mother ship offers all the creature comforts of home and is a welcome sight for sore eyes when you need a good feed, shower and some relaxation after a day in the dories chasing an abundance of hard hitting and beautiful tasting estuary and reef species. Trust us, you are going to need your rest. A standard day will see us tangling with estuarine thugs such as barramundi, mangrove jack, fingermark and salmon, all of which don’t give up without a fight…a bloody good fight. We will chase these fish using a combination of hard bodied lures, soft plastics and freshly caught live baits if the customer prefers.
This is then followed by an early afternoon top water session casting poppers and stickbaits for large queenfish at the river mouth. Anyone who has caught these fish before would no doubt attest to their blistering speed and aerial acrobatics. Catching them off the surface is second to none as far as methods are concerned. These fish will leave a lasting impression on you.
An afternoon will encompass jigging plastics or soaking baits (if preferred) on the inner reefs for coral trout and fingermark, often taking back a selected red fish for the on-board chef to prepare for dinner. There is no better feeling than dining on the spoils of your labour while cracking a few beers and immersing yourself in jovial banter about the day that was.
Can't recommend highly enough Cliff and the guys from Northern Conquest Charters, San Miguel. From organising the trip from interstate with Cliff to a skipper who worked bloody hard to put us on the fish (Stuie, you're a legend!!). Then there was Chris and Bill who kept us fed, baited and generally entertained, exceptional service and dedication. Awesome trip, a huge thanks from the Darwin mob, we'll be back!!Bert McMahon
Great trip out of Cairns on Sir Reel with a terrific crew. The skipper worked hard to find us fish all week and the boys were amazing around the deck making our life easy with rigs and fish. Chris was the master chef all week. Cannot rate these guys highly enough. Recommended.Dale Bainbridge
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